3 Things You Hate About Christmas – Cheer Up, Students!

Hey first years, congrats – you’ve survived 3 months! Later year students – we’re guessing you know this end-of-first-term dilemma all too well…

The end of your first term back at university always seems to come round too quickly, demanding that you exit the hazy student life of Basic’s Vodka and UV parties you have so fondly discovered, and return home to a house of rules, low percentage wine and a little bit too much Christmas cheer.


Although, as a student, this part of term isn’t always the most festive and enjoyable! From deadlines and end-of-student-loans to buying secret Santa’s for a flatmate you now hate over an argument about the heating – Cheer up! Here’s our little guide to helping you embrace the festive cheer and ditch those end-of-term depression feelings ‘til next year… at least!

December Deadlines… And January Deadlines


Nothing sucks quite as much as anticipating the Christmas spirit along with a cheeky end-of-term deadline, or two! While you should be enjoying the season, decorating the tree and scoffing ‘pigs in blankets’, you’re stuck in the library listening to something heavy, emotional and as unlike Mariah Carey as you can possibly get!

The answer?

So you met your December deadline (just!) and now you’ve got a 5,000 word essay looming over your head for the first week back… But, let’s face it – You’ll procrastinate until your back at uni anyway, and even then you’ll find every little excuse to log into Facebook, so just enjoy Christmas! (Because you’re definitely not going to do your work until the last-minute at this time of year anyway!)

Going Home to A House of Rules


At uni, you can live young, live free and live however you wish… until you return home! While going back means a fully-stocked fridge and a bill-free existence (for a while!) – it also comes with a lovely set of rules you have got pretty used to living without, and a lovely set of rules that are further enforced when family members you’ve never met before come round to visit!

The answer?

Although these rules may seem a little unreasonable, the way you and your one-man wolf pack have been living since September probably isn’t great. So go on, let mum and dad look after you like you’re 12 again! It’s only for a week or so, and you may even get that awesome Christmas present you’ve been hinting at all year, eh?

The Student vs. Family Festivities


When it comes to Christmas cheer, there’s always that one flatmate who will attempt to lift up the depressing winter spirits of a student house at Christmas. Like a budget-Santa, they’ll return home from Wilko’s with a sack full of cheap tinsel and discount baubles – and by the time they’ve finished, the house will look even more depressing than it did before. The best bit is when you’re expected to financially contribute to the festive-tat that is strewn from every lampshade, windowsill and banister. Ah, festive spirit!

The answer?

Enjoy going home for Christmas! Enjoy the beautiful decorations, the tasty food, the warm and cosy living room and of course, Sky television! See your mates, go down your local and embrace your old life. Christmas only comes once a year so get involved! And focus on the uni work when you get back! (Ssshh, we didn’t say that last bit!)

Here at CityBlock, we’re proud to be one of the leading providers of quality, modern and affordable student living in the heart of Lancaster and Leicester. We’re currently taking bookings for next year, so if you’re looking for Leicester or Lancaster University accommodation – get in contact with our friendly team today on 01524 541 251 for Lancaster and 01162 517270 for Leicester today!

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A Christmas Movie for Everyone

Living in student digs means you’re definitely-definitely going to be co-habiting with an eclectic bunch of others. Even if you’re all mates, sharing accommodation, your tastes are still going to be a little different, right? So when someone casually mentions having a Christmas movie night – and they will! – you’re going to get a massive war between various tribes fighting for their favourite to be on the list. So who’s got what this year? Only one way to find out…


Love, Actually

Sure, it’s a saccharine travesty but some people actually enjoy Love, Actually – written by Richard Curtis after Blackadder ended and he tragically lost his sense of humour in a freak gardening accident. For some, this film truly captures the magic of Christmas. These people are sentimentalists and idealists and absolutely wrong. But hey, it’s Christmas, which is all about sharing. Apparently.


Die Hard

Die Hard – also known as Bruce Willis’ finest big-screen outing – is often found on lists of the best Christmas films. And sure, we know it’s a total fudge since Christmas makes up precisely 0.0000037% of the actual movie, but hey, if you’re living with guys and gals who dig on a bit of action, this is sure to please ‘em. At least it won’t be a total schmaltz-fest. ‘Cause who wants ‘emotions’ and ‘feelings’ when you’ve got Bruce Willis with a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho.


The Star Wars Holiday Special

No. Oh, God, no. Just… No. If one of your flat-mates even sarcastically suggests watching The Star Wars Holiday Special, stuff a stocking in their mouth and hang them from the Christmas tree by their hair.



These days it’s cool to not care, right? So what better way to see in the festive season by checking out Gremlins. A stone-cold Christmas classic without any of the usual sentimental business – well, just enough for a Hollywood film, at least. Excellent effects, fun story, memorably mad characters, and probably the saddest Christmas story you’re ever likely to hear. This should please most people in the flat – except the one girl whose dad used to dress up as Santa Claus…


It’s a Wonderful Life

For some, Christmas is all about tradition. When they’re playing Monopoly they’re always the top hat; they always buy Harvey’s Bristol Cream for their mum every year; they always put the star on the top of the tree; and they always watch Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. So you’ll have no choice but to sit down and watch this black-and-white classic in which a depressed jimmy Stewart is a shown a world in which he didn’t exist. Turns out everyone means something to someone. Aww.


Looking forward to Christmas now? If you’re not living with your uni flat-mates yet, it’s an experience you’ll want to try. We’re already taking bookings for next year. Get ahead of the game by booking up Lancaster Uni or DMU accommodation now. Simply get in touch with us on (Lancaster) 01524 541 251 or (Leicester) 01162 517 270. Alternatively, drop us an email at info@cityblock.co.uk  and one of our awesomely professional staff will be more than happy to help.

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Cheap days out in and around Leicester

Going to university isn’t all about studying; you get to embrace living in a new city and experience another part of the country. So, you’ll be happy the know that there are many cheap days out to enjoy in and around Leicester…some won’t even cost you a penny!

The best cheap days out in and around Leicester include:

The National Gas Museum – Leicester

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For an interesting and educational day out, pay a visit to the National Gas Museum situated in Leicester. You can learn all about the history and heritage of this industry; we recommend this if you’re studying history, science or sociology…or if you’re just interested in learning more about local Leicester – after all, it’s your home for the next 3 years or so!

Website: http://nationalgasmuseum.org.uk/

Price: Free

Abbey Park – Leicester

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Leicester is home to many fantastic parks where you can enjoy anything from a leisurely stroll, to a picnic, or even a game of football with your friends. What’s the best thing about a park? It’s free! Plus it’ll get you out into the fresh air for a bit and give you a break from your studies!

Website: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/parks-green-spaces/main-parks/abbeyparkmain/

Price: Free

New Walk & Art Gallery

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The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery is a fantastic day out – especially for budding artists and art students, or if you’re just interested in seeing something a little bit different. It’s a fantastic place to take your family if they’re visiting for the weekend.

Website: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/nwm-art-gallery/

Price: Free

Tropical Birdland – Desford

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Lovers of wildlife should definitely take a trip to Tropical Birdland in Desford. Here you will find an array of stunning tropical birds including parrots, toucans, and owls. With 250 birds there is so much to see, do and experience! Go with your friends and family for the day – it’s really reasonably priced!

Website: http://www.tropicalbirdland.com/

Price: £7.25adult, £6.25 – student

De Montfort University Climbing Wall – Leicester

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If you fancy a little bit of adventure and learning a new skill, head to De Montfort University to try out the climbing wall! The wall itself is 13 metres high and there are 18 different routes that you can try out. With beginner courses and casual climbing available, it is a fantastic way to learn something new and get fit too!

Website: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/dmu-leisure-centre/climbing-wall/climbing-wall.aspx

Price:  see website.

Experience it All!

So whilst you’re a student at our student accommodation in Leicester, make sure that you take advantage of all the fantastic days out that Leicester has to offer! University isn’t just about getting a degree; it’s also about experiencing new things!

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Cheap days out in and around Lancaster

As a historic city, Lancaster is full of exciting things to see and do which as a student you should really take advantage of! Our student accommodation in Lancaster is perfectly located so you don’t even have to worry about expensive travel costs either!

Lancaster Castle

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Website: http://www.lancastercastle.com/

How many students can claim that they live in a city with a castle? Not many! This is one of the reasons why Lancaster is such a special city. The castle is a fantastic educational experience; it even used to be used as a prison and there are many exciting events that take place at the castle throughout the year; from theatre to concerts and firework displays!

Price: Adult £8.00, Concessions £6.50

Lancaster Priory

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Website: http://lancasterpriory.org/

The priory is one of Lancaster’s oldest buildings and is architecturally beautifully – if you’re studying History, Fine Art or English, we really do recommend a visit as it can be very inspiring! Plus, they hold Christmas carol concerts which are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit! It’s free so you can explore this beautiful building without worrying about the cost.

Price: Free

Lancaster Maritime Museum

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Website: http://new.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums/lancaster-maritime-museum.aspx

A lot of Morecambe and Lancaster’s history stems from the sea, so of course, the Lancaster Maritime Museum is an excellent visit if you would like to find out more about the history and heritage of the city and the surrounding areas.

Price:  Adults £3.00, Concessions £2.00

Butterfly House & Williamson Park

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Website: http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/williamson-park/butterfly-house/

Williamson Park is the home of Ashton Memorial; a stunning monument that overlooks Lancaster – you really must have seen it! Here you will also find the butterfly house which is a great day out; it’s full of exotic butterflies, and you can also visit the reptile house and view the small mammals which are adorable!

Price: Williamson Park – Free, Butterfly House - Adults £3.70, Students £2.70

Morecambe Bay

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You can’t go to Lancaster University and not venture to Morecambe! It might not be the most exotic seaside destination, however it is fantastic place to spend a day at the beach – there are plenty of pubs about where you can go and enjoy a cheap meal, and arcades (they never get old whatever your age!). Go on a coastal walk and look at the stunning view right over the Bay.

Price: Free

Have Fun!

So go on, have a day out with your friends and experience all that Lancaster has to offer! If you’re looking for something a little further afield, don’t worry, Lancaster’s railway station has direct links to the major cities in England and Scotland – if you book well in advantage you can make huge savings on your tickets. Wherever and whenever you choose to spend your free time, we’re certain that you’ll have an amazing time!

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Eating out on a budget in Leicester

Experiencing the city that you live in is one of the most exciting things about living away when at university, and eating out is something that we all enjoy – plus it’s always a good idea to have somewhere to take your family and friends when they come to visit!

If you’re a student staying at our student accommodation in Leicester, we know that you’ll want to eat out, so we’ve created this guide so that you can eat out on a budget in Leicester in style…

Shanghai Moon – Chinese

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If you’re craving delicious Chinese cuisine, then head to Shanghai Moon, a fantastic Chinese restaurant located on the high street. Enjoy a take out with your friends or sit in for a fantastic meal.

Address: 76/78 High Street, Leicester, LE1 5YP

Tel: 0116 262 4737

The Globe – Real Ale Pub

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For a traditional atmosphere complete with good pub food and an entire selection of real ales, locally brewed and from further afield, head to the Globe!

Address:  The Globe, 43 Silver Street, Leicester, LE1 5EU

Tel: 0116 253 9492

O’neill’s – Irish Pub

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Fancy something a little bit different? Then head to O’neill’s, Leicester’s finest Irish pub! Here you can enjoy live music, a pint of Guinness or two and a hearty meal – perfect if you’re heading out.

Address: O’ Neill’s, Loosby Lane, Leicester, LE1 5DR

Tel: 0116 262 8709

Mirch Masala – Indian Cuisine

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For a rich and varied selection of curries and Indian cuisine, we recommend Mirch Masala, where you can find all of your Indian favourites. Mirch also provide a variety of Mexican and Italian dishes, so there really is something for everyone.

Address: Market Street, Leicester, LE1 6DN

Tel: 0116 247 0080

Visit Website: www.mirch-masala.co.uk

Subway – Sandwiches and Snacks

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If you’re looking for somewhere casual where you can get a bite to eat quickly, you can’t go wrong with Subway – build and design your own sandwich or select from a number of exciting combinations on the menu.

Address: 23 Nicholas Place, Leicester, LE1 4LD

Tel: 0116 251 8711

Cinnamon Bites – World Buffet

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If you’re not sure what style of food you want, Cinnamon Bites is certainly the place for you. This is a multi-cuisine buffet house where you can experience a range of different foods! Perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to eat before heading for a night out.

Address: 75 Church Gate, Leicester, LE1 3AN

Tel: 0116 262 4099

These are only a few of the outstanding eateries in Leicester! With the City Block Leicester Privilege Card, you can knock pounds off the prices of many more fantastic restaurants throughout the city! So if you’re a student in Leicester take advantage of all the places where you can grab a bite to eat in style.


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Eating out on a Budget in Lancaster

Lancaster is a small, historic city, however it is buzzing with activity and, of course, fantastic places to eat; but as a student you need to know how to eat out on a budget! So that you can impress your friends and family with your local knowledge of the city and experience some amazing eateries without spending a small fortune, we’ve created this guide to eating out on a budget in Lancaster.

If you’re staying at our student accommodation in Lancaster, you should eat at the following restaurants, and cafes:

Molly’s – Italian, Grill & Pizzeria

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If you’re looking for a quality restaurant to take your parents, your friends or even a date, Molly’s is a great restaurant to go to! With mouth watering Italian cuisine and juicy burgers with large portions to match this is certainly a must-visit.

Address: 46-48 Church Street, Lancaster, LA1 1LH

Tel: 01524 383436

Website: www.mollyslancaster.co.uk

Shelly’s – Sandwich Bar

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For a tasty sandwich, or a baked potato or even a healthy salad, go to Shelly’s one of Lancaster’s best sandwich shops! Great for lunch time if you’re just hanging out around Lancaster during your free time.

Address: 6 Sir Simon’s Arcade, Lancaster, LA1 1JL

Tel: 01524 849333

Go Burrito – Mexican

eating out lancs 3Go Burrito is Lancaster’s original Mexican restaurant; eat out or take away; here you can enjoy some mammoth burritos! If you’re looking to challenge yourself; try the Titanic challenge – that’s 30 minutes to devour a huge burrito – many have tried, will you succeed?

Address: Go Burrito, 6 Lower Church Street, Lancaster, LA1 1NP

Tel: 01524 874 775

Visit Website: www.goburrito.co.uk

The Borough – Fine Ale, Food and Wine

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If you’re hoping to impress without spending a small fortune, head to the Borough. Here you can enjoy exceptional, fine cuisine and gorgeous ale. It’s a great place to take the parents or to celebrate your birthday in style.


Address: 3 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PP

Tel: 01524 64170

Visit Website:  www.theboroughlancaster.co.uk

The Sultan of Lancaster Experience – Indian

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Add a bit of spice to your life by heading to the Sultan of Lancaster; conveniently located on Lancaster University’s campus you can get everything from an onion bahji to a portion of curly fries – it’s a fantastic place to enjoy a naughty lunch!

Address: Lancaster University Campus, LA1 4YA

Tel: 01524 593 456


The Royal Latinos Tapas Bar – Spanish Tapas

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Sharing is caring – that’s certainly the case when it comes to tapas! Latinos is the best place to enjoy a little bit of everything – it’s an excellent choice for a birthday party or another celebration, plus it won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

Address: Owen House, 6 Thurnham Street, Lancaster LA1 1YD

Tel: 01524 65007

Lancaster is full of independent restaurants that are affordable and of an exceptionally high quality. With the CityBlock Lancaster Privilege Card, you can save even more money at even more restaurants across the city, just take a look at our website to see where else you can enjoy eating out on a budget!

To find out more about the privilege card, or our student accommodation, please give us a call on 01524 541251.

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Useful Places to Know About in Lancaster

As a student in a new city it is important to know where certain things are. We want every student living in our student accommodation in Lancaster to be as safe and as knowledgeable about the area as possible so that you can get the most out of your time at university. So we’ve created this guide that references all the useful places to know about in Lancaster.

Police Station

In case of emergencies call 999, if, however, you have minor crimes to report please call 101.

Website: www.lancashire.police.uk/


Thurnham St


Tel: 01524 63333


Hospital – A&E

We hope that you don’t have to use it, but Lancaster’s hospital and A&E is easily located should you need it for any health emergencies or accidents. Remember to only call 999 in emergencies; call the NHS helpline on 111 for minor health concerns.

Website:  www.uhmb.nhs.uk/hospitals/royal-lancaster-infirmary/


Royal Lancaster Infirmary,
Ashton Road,

Tel: 01524 65944


Public Transport

Train Station

Lancaster Railway Station has links to many of the major cities throughout England and Scotland, which is handy if you’re heading home for the weekend or are looking to explore more of the UK.

Website: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/LAN.aspx


Meeting House Lane



Bus Station

Lancaster has a fantastic bus service which can take you directly to the university, Morecambe, Preston, Blackpool and even the Lake District.

Website:  http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/transport-and-travel/public-transport/


Lancaster Bus Station

Damside Street

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Tourist Information

There are many exciting tourist attractions in Lancaster and throughout the surrounding areas; you can find out more about this at Lancaster’s information centre based in the Storey Institute in the town centre.

Website: www.citycoastcountryside.co.uk/visitor-information/lancaster-visitor-information-centre


The Storey Creative Industries Centre,

Meeting House Lane,


Tel: (01524) 582394

Fax: (01524) 382849



Lancaster’s library is full of a range of books and is a great place to pick up a few excellent reads without having to head onto university campus.

Website: http://new.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/find-a-library/lancaster-central-library.aspx


Market Square,




Tel: 0300 123 6703


At City Block, we want all of the students staying with us to have the best possible experience; we hope that you don’t need to use some of this information and embrace living in Lancaster to the full! We hope this guide helps you to have a safe and enjoyable time, for further information or if you require any assistance please give us a call on 01524 541251.

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Useful Places to Know About in Leicester

Whether you’re a first year student or you’re in your final year, you can never know too much about the city that you’re living in, which is why we have created this guide all about the useful places to know about in Leicester. As a student based in our student accommodation in Leicester, we want you to have the best university experience in the safest possible way, so please take note of the information below.

Police Station

In case of an emergency always call 999, if it isn’t an emergency; please call 101 to report the crime. We hope that you won’t have to use this information; however, it is always good to be prepared for anything when living away from home!

Website: https://leics.police.uk/local-policing/police-stations


Mansfield House,

74 Belgrave Gate,



Tel: 101


Hospital – A&E

Accidents and illnesses happen, so it is important to know where your nearest hospital or A&E is located. Leicester Royal Infirmary is situated close to the city centre and is easy to find. Remember, call 999 in an emergency or 111 to contact the NHS hotline.

Website: http://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/


Leicester Royal Infirmary,

Infirmary Square,



Tel:  0300 303 1573


Public Transport

Getting out and about isn’t hard in Leicester; there is a fantastic bus and train network so that you can travel easily and even make that all important journey back home to see your friends and family. Remember to book tickets early to make the most of discounts!

Train Station

Website: www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/lei.aspx


Fox Street,




Tel: 08457 125 678


Bus Station

Leicester’s bus station is conveniently located and will get you all around the city and beyond. You can also take advantage of the National Express service – you can book a trip to London for £1 if you get the right deal!

Website: www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/transport-traffic/transportpolicy/sustainable-team-homepage/buses-public-transport/st-margarets-bus-station/


Gravel Street




Tel: 0871 200 22 33


Tourist Information

There are plenty of exciting things to see and do in and around Leicester, so make sure that you head to the tourist information centre to find out all about the places that you and your friends can take advantage of in the area!

Website: http://www.goleicestershire.com/useful-information/tourist-information-centres.aspx


Visit Leicester

51 Gallowtree Gate,


Tel: 0116 299 4444



Leicester University and De Montfort’s libraries are incredibly good, however, why not check out the selection of books at the impressive local libraries.

Website: http://www.leicester.gov.uk/libraries.aspx


Leicester Central Library,

Bishop Street,

(Town Hall Square)

Leicester, LE1 6AA

Tel: 0116 299 5401


We hope that you find this information useful and that you don’t need to use some of the information found here. If you would like more information about our student accommodation and what life is like living in Leicester as a student, please get in contact by calling 01162 517270.

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CityBlock: A Room to Suit Everyone

Ok, so the first term of uni is over, and before you know it everyone’s started talking about year 2! Top of that conversation list will definitely be plans for living. Where are you going to live? Who are you going to live with? Going to live on or off campus?

If you’re studying in Lancaster or Leicester, here at CityBlock we can offer some awesome student accommodation. Not only do we specialise in modern, city-central and high quality student living at affordable prices – we cater for all student-types and offer a range of rooms and living options that’ll provide you with the student lifestyle you want.All rooms are en-suite, with weekly cleaning services and fully-furnished kitchens and you can choose either a room in a shared flat or a self-contained studio.


Hey, we can’t promise your studies won’t be stressful, but sorting out your second- and third-year living arrangements certainly will be! Whether you’re thinking of going it alone in a self-contained studio apartment, or moving off-campus with the mates you’ve made in first-year, we’ve got you covered. We provide a wide range of room options that are designed and furnished with all the key ingredients to make your university years a happy and chilled out time.



Studios are for post grads and more mature students. Our studio apartments provide a self-contained and peaceful environment for those who prefer living alone. They come fully-furnished and even have a wicked-cool weekly cleaning service which makes living in a city location easy with CityBlock.


But living alone can have some seriously negative effects. A recent study, conducted by Penn State University social psychologist Matthew Zawadzki PhD, looked into the effects of loneliness among students. No surprise as to the results. Zawadzki stated that, ‘My research showed that people who were lonely reported having a more depressed mood and worse sleep quality.’


In just five years, some universities have seen increases of more than 100% in students seeking help and advice on mental health generally, and depression specifically. At the same time as seeing figures double, universities have also been cutting funding to student counselling.


Even if you’re not suffering from depression, living solo can still raise certain issues. Right off the bat, social isolation, and homesickness can really impact on your universities studies. That’s why if you’re thinking of opting for the studio choice, you’ll want to consider whether it’s definitely the right choice for you. Sure, some folks are mighty happy dwelling by themselves, but if there’s even a hint of doubt, you might want to think about a communal apartment.

If you’re a socialite who enjoys those nights out with pals, or nights in with an ace movie, a studio flat definitely isn’t for you. You won’t want to feel isolated or left-out of the party that’s going on next door.  That’s when you’ll want to look at other options…


Other Options

Reckon that studio living isn’t for you? No worries. We have tons of communal living quarters available. You can get your mates over – if you’re not living with them – and make new friends and become part of a great university family.


Our shared living provides a home for anything from 6 to 20 students. Better yet, we’ll also try to pair you up with residents who share your interests. We even have single gender apartments, if you’d prefer. All of our rooms have access to spacious and fully-furnished communal areas, so you and your new flatmates can kick-back on comfy couches, relax and enjoy watching TV on massive 42” smart-screen TVs.


Here at CityBlock we think that the happiest student years are the ones spent socialising. You wouldn’t wanna miss out. Since their so spacious, our awesome communal areas are perfect for pre-drinking before the big night out, and gathering your neighbours round for dinner. Better get planning your fancy dress theme now!



So… any other business? Glad you asked. There’s loads of perks for staying with CityBlock in your second- and third-year.

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We offer a cheeky student privilege card with absolutely every booking, which means you can enjoy plenty of discounts, offers and savings from local and big-brand stores.


By offering a weekly cleaning service, we take the stress out of all those brain-numbing chores. That way you can concentrate on those all-important studies.


Still want more? Click here for more incredible extras when you become a CityBlocker.


We get it – when it comes to student accommodation in Leicester and Lancaster, you want great value for money.  That’s why we offer the opportunity of all potential lifestyles, student options& budgets. For more information or to ask any questions, feel free to give our friendly team a call on 01524 541251 for Lancaster CityBlock and 01162 517270 for Leicester CityBlock.


We’re currently taking bookings for 2015 so get in touch today!


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Going To Uni in 2015? Choose CityBlock!

So, right about now we’re guessing your sat at your computer, stressing about which universities to apply to, and how to make yourself sound totally awesome via your UCAS statement, huh?


This time of your life can be stressful, and you’ll change your mind and re-write your application a hundred more times before you decide it’s perfect. But don’t worry! When it comes to choosing your student accommodation, CityBlock can help you make a stress-free decision!

Here are a few reasons why we believe we’re the top student living option for Lancaster and Leicester university students!

What are the rooms like?


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Here at CityBlock, we believe that student living should be modern, en-suite, all-inclusive and city-central. We offer a wide range of room types to suit all individuals and students. So whether you’re a mature student who fancies the studio-living option or a group of friends attending the same uni and want to live together, our team are highly trained and dedicated to making your uni years the best they can be, and will match the ideal room, flat or studio to suit you!

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Our range of contemporary room types offer a choice of student accommodation in Lancaster and student accommodation in Leicester to suit your living requirements. As well as our studio flats, our accommodation options house from 6 – 20 individuals – perfect for those moving to a new city! Our team will pair you up with flatmates that are suited to your likes and dislikes, and if you’re moving with mates we cater for larger groups, so don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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What can CityBlock do for me?

The first few months of university can be a strange time for any moving-away-from-home-first-timer, so don’t worry about feeling a little homesick, it’s normal! Unlike our competitors, who are focusing more and more upon ‘studio’ living accommodation options only, we’re proud to continue to cater for all individuals and believe that socialising is the key to finding and settling into your new little university family.

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Our studio flats are ideal for overseas or mature students who wish to live alone, yet enjoy the benefits of CityBlock student living! Our other room types come equipped with fully-furnished kitchen and spacious, comfy communal areas which are the perfect place to make new friends, socialise, throw parties and host dinner parties with your new neighbours!

Anything else?

6CityBlock 2 communal area, Lancaster

Well since you’ve asked… CityBlock provide a cheeky student privilege card with every booking, so you can enjoy plenty of discounts, offers and savings from local and big brand stores in your new city home!

We offer a cleaning service twice a week so you can sit back and enjoy your lovely clean home, and focus on your studies (and your social life!), as well as saving a few pennies by using our free printing service! Click here to check out the other extras that come with being a CityBlocker!


Here at CityBlock, we understand the importance of your student years, for both socialising and academic purposes. We’re dedicated to providing you with a happy home throughout your studies, so for more information or to make a booking for 2015 – please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful team on 01524 541251 for Lancaster and 01162 517270 for Leicester today! Good luck with your UCAS apps, folks!

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